We spent a weekend in Knoxville, Tn with Barbara Pullen, my aunt, and learned the basics. The next several years were a learning experience. We did not start out to make leather for anyone but ourselves and a few close friends, howver that quickly changed for one main reason.
If you know anything about the people of CMSA, you know you make a lot of very close friends very quickly ... so our "hobby" grew.
You can read more about us and our history with the CMSA here.
Thom and I attended a practice put on by TNCMSA, along with lifelong friends Dough Ivy, Jerry Moore and Kim Moore in 2001. Needless to say, after this first practice we were hooked.
The first people we met were Brady, Share All and Shafarrah Carr; Rock, Terri and Cody Clark; Ken and Jeannie Jenkins; and Robert and Joyce Swain.
As we began to compete, we realized not only were gun rigs expensive, but the fit of them was crucial to producing a fast draw and gun change. So we decided to learn to make our own.